If you’re reading this, you’re probably in one of these situations: you either got your work permit and are ready to come to work and travel in Canada, or you’re still in your country’s working holiday pool for International Experience Canada (IEC), OR you’re simply considering a working holiday.
No matter who you are, we did some research and also looked at our own program participants’ experiences. From that, we compiled a working holiday packing list of what to pack before you embark on your working holiday in Canada.
Remember: the key is to try to pack only what you really need because anything else can usually be found and bought once you arrive. Print off this page and cross things off as you get ready for your working holiday in Canada!
Upon arrival in Canada, you will need to show the following items to the Boarder Services Officer in order to collect your Canadian work permit:
Canada has very distinct and different seasons (summers are warm, and winters can be cold):
The list up until here is a general list more suited for those participating in our Vancouver Working Holiday program. If you are planning on coming to Canada via our Working Holiday Ski Resort program, then there are other things to take into consideration when packing (especially for the cold weather, assuming you are coming during the winter, and of course any ski or snowboard-related gear that you might want to bring). In addition to what is already mentioned above, you’ll also want to bring:
Reminder: When on the mountains, make sure to wear 3 layers on top and 2 layers on the bottom!
Are you interested in planning a working holiday in Canada? Book a free consultation with our team to learn more about our programs and start planning the adventure of a lifetime!
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